Bernie Griffen And The Thin Men share music video 'My Brain Exploded'

'My Brain Exploded' is Bernie Griffen and The Thin Men’s first single release from Bernie’s third album, Doors Wide Open, a self-portrait, he says: “I’ve given up the H, now just struggling with the ADD, it drives me crazy!." 'My Brain Exploded' is a jaunty exploration of scrambled thinking and relationship negotiation, set to a Latin rhythm. It’s a testament to both his own sense of imperfection and to his long-standing relationship with Kirsten Warner, emerging member of his band The Thin Men. 

The video features one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed dancers and choreographers, Arts Laureate Michael Parmenter in a new role – dancing tango with partner Diana Bain.

Diana is a life-time model - one of the eternally beautiful women.

The little dancer is Ava Mauger, the daughter of DOP Chris Mauger who showed up on the day of shooting in her pretty dress and was an extraordinary dancer, gymnast and screen presence!

The drummer boy is an AC/DC fan who plays drums himself and is son of the Thin Men drummer drummer Chris Kemp.

"The crew are our lifetime friends, they did it for nothing" - says Bernie. "They made it look cinematic with just a smoke machine, some overhead spotlights and a stage. We dressed up in tuxedos and that was that!"


Saturday May 12 - Waitakere Library, Auckland
Thursday May 17 - Point Chevalier Library, Auckland

Friday May 25 - The Refinery, Paeroa
Saturday May 26 - The Incubator, Tauranga
Friday June 1 - house concert, Hawkes Bay
Saturday June 2 - Acacia Bay Hall, Taupo
Sunday June 10 - The Rogue Stage, Rotorua
Friday June 15 -  Kumeu Live, Auckland
Sunday June 24 - Kauaeranga Hall, Thames
Friday June 29 - Meow Cafe, Wellington
Saturday June 30 - St Peter’s Hall, Paekakariki
Friday July 6  - Great Southern Tuning Fork, Auckland* 

Tickets on sale Monday 30th April
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*The Great Southern Tuning Fork on sale from

On the Doors Wide Open tour, Bernie is supported by rhythm section Kirsten Warner on rhythm guitar, drummer Chris Kemp (Kendall Elise band, Swampland) and bass player Gary Trotman (The Remarkables). 


My Brain Exploded
Laura Jane
Emigrant Song
When I Die
I Fell Out Of The Sky
The Wedding Song
The Truck Song
Sweet Obesession
Doors Wide Open